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My Cast Iron Skillet

This is my skillet. Sure, I have lots of others pots – small saute pans, sauciers, stock pots, paella pans, a beloved Dutch oven, griddles, you name it. But this big cast-iron skillet is the absolute workhorse in my kitchen. I’ve had it for at least 20 years, and I’d say it has been the …

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Bocoles (Masa and Black Bean Cakes) with Spicy Yams – Recipe

 

Bocoloes are little pan-fried cake of masa and mashed black beans, typically served as an (appetizer). I learned about them from Diana Kennedy's magnificient My Mexico and thought that I could replace the pork filling with yams, increase the portion, and make an unusual and delicious vegetarian entree.

The cakes came out great; they …

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Jicama, Orange and Radish Salad – Recipe

 

When I serve a filling entree, I like to have a refreshing salad. It offers a nice contrast, makes the meal a little lighter, and cuts the fattiness of the main dish. Here is a simple version, dressed only with fresh orange jucie, that goes great with Mexican and other Latin-American meals. You can work …

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Strawberry “Shortcake” with Cornbread and Tarragon Whipped Cream – Recipe

I don't allow as how I've actually experienced summer if there hasn't been a huge bowl of strawberry shortcake to sanctify it. Generally I make it with big, flaky biscuits, but for some reason this year it crossed my mind to try it with cornbread instead. Corn and strawberries go really well together, and they …

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Homemade Guacamole – Now That Was Easy – Recipe

I’ve never understood why people buy pre-made guacamole. The store-bought stuff ranges from barely ok to green glue. The real thing takes all of five minutes to make and tastes spectacular. I’ll show you how. I usually make a four-avocado batch and it is just enough to satisfy four adults and a couple of munchkins, …

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Chocolate-Chunk Bread Pudding – Recipe

Chocolate Chunk Bread Pudding

I love to make sweet bread puddings with leftover challah or brioche, because they are already rich. Today’s version is filled with molten chunks of bittersweet chocolate. Let’s just say I find myself eating less challah on Friday night because I’m hoping there will be enough left to make this for dessert the next day.

The …

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Red Curry Delicata Squash and Tofu – Recipe

 

Delicata squash is one of my favorite winter squash varieties. It is relatively easy to cut and peel, cooks quickly and has a rich, sweet flavor. (Check out last year's orzo-stuffed delicata squash for a festive vegetarian Thanksgiving entree).

You might not immediately think of putting winter squash in a Southeast Asian-style curry. I learned about …

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